Airline News - Europe.


Dec 14, 2008

Aegean Airlines

Greek air traffic controllers are expected to stage a one-day strike today, forcing the cancellation of all commercial flights, according to press reports. Aegean Airlines confirmed the cancellation of its program on its website. Dec 10, 2008

Air France KLM

KLM will launch five-times-weekly Amsterdam-Calgary service on May 3 aboard an A330-200. Dec 11, 2008

Air France KLM, CityJet

Air France KLM subsidiary CityJet will take over the London City-Amsterdam route from VLM Airlines and KLM Cityhopper on Jan. 5. It will operate a two-class, 95-seat RJ-85 eight-times-daily on weekdays, once on Saturdays and four times on Sundays. VLM will take over CityJet's current twice-weekday LCY-Eindhoven service on Jan. 12 and base an additional F50 at Rotterdam from Jan. 5 to operate charter flights. It will continue to operate its eight-times-weekday LCY-Rotterdam service. The reshuffle follows Air France's acquisition of VLM and incorporates the conditions set by the UK Office of Fair Trading to clear the merger. A combined CityJet/VLM website will be unveiled by year end and absorption of VLM's loyalty program will occur in the coming months. Dec 12, 2008

British Airways

British Airways will reduce the number of aircraft based at London Gatwick to 37 from 41 next summer and cut more than 100 ground operations positions. "We have briefed our staff and their trade unions that the number of departures at Gatwick will reduce by 15% next summer compared to this summer. We aim to have a voluntary severance program in place by the end of the year," BA said in a statement cited by Bloomberg News. It already has announced the suspension of flights from LGW to Dublin and Zurich. Dec 9, 2008


Comlux the Switzerland-headquartered VIP charter operator of Airbus and Bombardier corporate jets has added a Maltese aircraft operating certificate to its Kazakh and Swiss AOCs, enabling it to fly freely between European Union member states. Chief executive Richard Gaona chose Malta as an operating base for its maintenance, legal and services expertise and strategic position in between Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Dec 10, 2008


The European Union on Monday launched a $2.7 billion program to begin construction of a satellite-based air traffic control system, scheduled for completion by 2020. "We will change the way we manage air traffic -- no more skyways, just the most efficient trajectory to save fuel and time," said...

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